Verse 1: Hear this, all ye nations; give ear, all ye that inhabit the world.

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Verse 2: Both ye that are born of earth, and ye sons of men, rich and poor together.

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.


Verse 3: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart

shall be of understanding.

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.


Verse 4: I will incline mine ear unto a parable, I will unfold my problem on the psaltery.

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

St. Catherine the Great Martyr 

Orthodox Mission

Tropar - Tone 4

With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.

Kondak - Tone 2

O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.

Upcoming Services

We are currently celebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of    

We would like to thank Fr. Igor and the St. Andrew's community for their gracious hospitality.

Christ is Risen!

We are celebrating our Lord’s Ascension in the Flesh. This is quite remarkable and important. Our Lord descended, quietly and humbly, as God the Word and cloaked Himself in our flesh, becoming like us in every way except for sin. Now, having risen from the dead, He ascends in triumphant glory, not as God alone, but as the God-man, perfect God and perfect man, one Lord Jesus Christ, whose deified flesh, the very same which is shared by us all, is now enthroned at the right hand of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil is not only manifest on the earth and in the depths of the earth, but also in the heavens. The New Adam is what the first Adam was supposed to become. 

 

This Sunday we also remember the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. It seems to me that it is appropriate that they are remembered at this time, for they combated the first great, and perhaps greatest, heresy which threatened the Church - Arianism. Arius taught that our Lord is not the Only-begotten Son of God, but the first and perfect creation of God. There were heresies before Arianism, and there were many after Arianism, most of which are, unfortunately, still in vogue today, including Arianism, forms of which are taught by Mormons and other sects. 

 

In response to this heresy the greater part of the Nicene Creed was compiled (it was completed at the Second Ecumenical Council in response the heresy against the Holy Spirit). The Holy Father’s did not invent anything new. They merely, in response to Arius, wrote down what the Church has always believed, everywhere, from the beginning. This is what we have always done and must continue to do: confess what was proclaimed by the Apostles and believed and taught by everyone, everywhere, from the beginning and throughout the ages, neither adding thereto nor subtracting therefrom.

 

As the Holy Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, the Church is the pillar and ground of the Truth, Who is our Lord Jesus Christ, for the Church is the Body of Christ and Christ is the Head of the Church. The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church bears witness as to who Christ is, as He is ever present in her: perfect God and perfect man; two natures, divine and human, united, yet not confused, in the one Person of the Son of God. It is He, the God-man, ascended and reigning in glory, whom we worship and glorify, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

 

Our next Liturgies in English are on Monday, June 8th, Holy Spirit Day, and Saturday, June 20th, the Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Ancira. Weekdays may prove to be a bit more difficult, however Orthodoxy is not limited to weekends. We are Orthodox everyday and everyday we have the opportunity to glorify God.

 

English is used at the other services, especially the Divine Liturgies, although to a lesser extent.


Please pray for all those who are ill, especially with coronavirus, and those working for their salvation (recovery).

Please come and spread the word of our Liturgies in English. But mostly pray. Pray for our mission, our community and country. Our prayers are not insignificant and greatly needed.

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Saturday, May 30   - Vigil at 5pm. 


Sunday, May 31       - The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

 

Friday, June 5          - Vespers, Matins, Litiya at 5pm.

 

Saturday, June 6     - Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy at 9am followed by a General Panihida. Vigil at 5pm. 


Sunday, June 7        - Pentecost Sunday. Divine Liturgy at 10am, followed by Vespers and kneeling prayers.

Monday, June 8       - Holy Spirit Day. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am.

 

Saturday, June 13    - Vigil at 5pm. 


Sunday, June 14       - All Saints. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

 

Monday, June 15      - The Apostle’s Fast begins and lasts through July 11th.

If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at frstevofl@gmail.com.

I'd love to hear from you! 

The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Orthodox (meaning 'right belief') but not Jewish. It is catholic (meaning universal) but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for since its institution in 33 AD at the Feast of Pentecost. It is the Faith that has established the universe...

 

Fr. Stephen Zaremba

We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists. 

 

The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.

Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.

 

Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia. Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Despite what you see on tv or the internet, Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country, something which contrasts greatly with modern America, which is speedily forsaking and even renouncing it’s Christian heritage, just like Western Europe has done.

This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.

 

Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.

We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the

St. Petersburg, FL area. All services are celebrated in English. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at frstevofl@gmail.com or call him at 727-239-9186.

 

As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!

The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...

“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”

 

Services are held on Sundays at 10am

and Feast Days as announced

St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church

6465 54th Ave. N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33709

 

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